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    Water Test Kits

    1. 1 year ago
      Unbalanced
      I have been having a problem with my pool this year and after the hurricane l decided to stop fooling around. I didn't believe my old test kit was accurate so l bought this. I got different accurate reading this time and can treat the water properly for excellent results.
    2. 1 decade ago
      Better then the dipsticks
      I used to use the dipsticks, they dont show you if your levels are low or high.. This test kit shows you if your : "Free" chlorine Total chlorine pH Alkalinity Is low or high so you can adjust. This is most important tools you can use. It's either Scrub or SWIM ! I prefer to swim so this is one of my tools.
    3. 4 years ago
      liquid pool test kit
      I bought this kit to replace an old one. The test procedure was slightly different, but the instructions were clear and easy to understand.
    1. 1 year ago
      Good quality
      Testing kit gives accurate and repeatable results. Includes excellent pool maintenace instructions, and tools. Comes in a heavy duty plastic case.
    2. 2 years ago
      Great test kit
      Just wish there were more of the regents that you use more. Some regents may last years and some a month depending on how high your chlorine is
    3. 1 decade ago
      excellent product
      This is the best test kit on the market for a home pool owner. I have used many different kits in the past 15 years of owning a pool, and this is by far the best. Well worth the extra money.
    1. 4 years ago
      Great strips
      I have been using tthese for 5 years now and like the fact that they show 7 different categories. They have been acurate compared to my actual pool suppliers checks done with a machine
    2. 6 years ago
      7 Aqua Test Strips
      The strips are great and relatively inexpensive for what you get. They are easy to use and work quickly. When I took my water into the store they found the same results that my test strips showed. I used to use the little bottles of liquid and always had a hard time reading the results. These strips are right on. I am having trouble now that the color chart faded. The color chart comes in a clear plastic case that is attached to the bottle but even though I had the bottle under the bench and out ... read more of the direct light, they faded.I would like to be able to copy/print out a copy of the color chart but am unable to find a copy of it on line. Overall I would buy it again and copy the color chart before the season begins.
    3. 6 years ago
      Makes Testing Easy
      These strips are great. I no longer feel like a chemist messing around with different bottles of solutions to figure out my levels. Just dip wait a few seconds a see what your levels are and they have a nice chart for matching colors. The only one that is a bit sketchy is the PH level although you know when you are at 6.8 it is just hard to tell the difference between 7.2 and 7.6 which doesn't really matter since both of those levels are good.
    1. 3 years ago
      Excellent and Easy
      These strips make it so easy to keep your levels perfect
    2. 2 years ago
      Always a smooth transaction
      Easy to read strips.:) easy to use and colors work for me since I'm colorblind.
    3. 1 year ago
      Quick, easy, accurate!
      We use these strips every year to check the chemical balance in the pool. We always have accurate readings with them. They are so easy to use!
    1. 3 days ago
      Balancing Pool Water
      The AquaChek Test Strips are an easy, convenient way to test the pool water and keep it balanced. I like how the same strip tests for chlorine content and PH indicating when additional chemicals need to be added.
    2. 1 decade ago
      Quick and Convenient
      These test strips are so easy, our kids want to do it for us. Normally with test kits, the kids would help put the drops in, etc but with these simple to use and simple to read strips, they can do it all themselves.
    3. 10 years ago
      7 Way Test Strips
      At first glance, you would think that these strips would not dial you in that well on your chemistry. After using them for three years now, I've found that they really do. I rarely go to the pool store for a computer water check anymore. These strips are so quick and easy that I can check my chemistry as often as I like. The vaules to be in shown by the strips have proven to be very accurate. When I keep my pool within the guidelines, I have no problems with the pool.
    1. 10 years ago
      Easiest Product To Use
      I use the Aquacheck test strips at least once a week (or more if it's rained) for a quick and easy way to check my pool water. When the test strip indicates that I need to adjust pool chemicals, I use the Taylor DPD Test Kit since it gives more accurate readings than the strips. It's easy to use and the directions are right on the box. Plus it gives me peace of mind knowing that my pool's chemicals are exactly at the levels they need to be. And thanks to In The Swim, all my pool products are ... read more brought right to my door. Thanks In The Swim!!
    2. 2 years ago
      Water testing made simple
      Perfect for makin sure pool stays clear all summer.
    3. 4 years ago
      Big box with almost nothing in it
      I have no idea why this is so expensive but I opened this big thick plastic box to find four small chemical tubes in it. Should have been $19.95
    1. 1 year ago
      Great Item
      This thing works great Iam done with the strips I love it
    2. 1 year ago
      OK but an not completly satisfied
      I purchased this to get better reading on pH and free chlorine. I didn't need the salt, ORP and TDS but figured, no big deal. The instrument give me much more precise pH readings than test strips - happy about that, but the instrument sequentially then test for salt, TDS and ORP, which may take 2-3 minutes (all the while, I am waiting just to get to the chlorine). Once it gets to chlorine, it provides a qualitative answer (good) verse a numerical result (3.1). I wanted the numerical result. Would not buy again
    1. 4 years ago
      Easy to use and very accurate
      I used this kit and compared the results with those received from my local pool company test. They were the same.
    2. 6 months ago
      Pool Testing Simplified
      I have used Taylor tests kits since our pol was built in 2007. Great product, easy to use and provides accurate readings.
    3. 2 years ago
      Good product
      Needed to get water chemistry balanced in a newly re-plastered pool so needed to test more than Chlorine, PH, and Alkalinity. I followed charts in the kit regarding what to dump into the pool to get PH, calcium hardness, alkalinity, cyanuric acid in acceptable range. Numbers were within 2% - 3% of what I was shooting for upon retest (waited about 8 hours to retest) so I believe the kit is pretty accurate. I would purchase it again.
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    In The Swim Knowledge Pool: Pool Test Kits

    In The Swim's Dr. Pool

    Pool Water Testing FAQ

    Testing your pool water regularly is the best thing you can do to ensure clean and healthy water that won't make your swimmers sick. Water balance is when your pool has the correct levels of Chlorine, pH, Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness and Stabilizer. In addition to sanitary water that looks beautiful, balanced pool water protects your pool surfaces from stain and scale formation. 


    Why & When Test Pool Water?

    Testing pool water several times per week, is the only way to achieve 'water balance', so important for healthy, sanitary water because it affects the potency of chlorine, and creates poor living conditions for algae and bacteria. Balanced pool water also protects your pool surfaces and equipment from corrosion, etching, staining and fading. Good for all the soft and shiny surfaces in your pool; including the eyes, skin and hair of your swimmers. 

    Pool Test Kits or Test Strips?

    Pool test kits, those with liquid or tablet reagents are almost always more accurate or trustworthy than test strips, which may miss the mark by 10-20%, and can be more difficult to discern small changes in color. Pool test strips are fast and convenient however, and some pool owners use test strips several times per week, but also have a full test kit to run more complete pool water tests every week or two, or to verify and re-check test results from test strips. In addition to greater accuracy, test kits also have additional tests and charts to help in calculating the correct chemical amounts, when adjustments are needed.

    Best Test Kit for Pool Owners?

    The best pool test kit will be one that you will use - regularly. For a complete pool water Test Kit, the Taylor K-2005 is the standard in the pool industry. If you really love pool chemistry, or happen to be color blind, look at the LaMotte ColorQ test kits with digital colorimeter. For Test Strips, we carry the entire line of AquaChek strips and also strips by LaMotte and Frog. For complete pool testing, the AquaChek Select 7-way and the Insta Test 6-in-1 test strips will run the full battery of pool water tests. See also our Commercial Pool Tests Kits & Meters page for more water testers. 

    Ideal Pool Chemical Levels 

       - pH: 7.2 - 7.6
       - Free Chlorine: 1.0 - 3.0 ppm
       - Combined Chlorine: 0.3 ppm or less
       - Total Alkalinity: 80-120 ppm
       - Calcium Hardness: 200 ppm or more
       - Cyanuric Acid (Stabilizer): 30 - 50 ppm

    Pool Chemical Level Adjustments 

    Test strips will tell you what the current chemical levels are - but not how much chemical to add to raise or lower levels. A good pool test kit will also have acid demand/base demand tests, and chemical dosage charts, to help you better determine how much of what chemical, is needed to balance pool test levels. 

    Also important is to adjust each pool chemical individually. Allow a few hours for a chemical to take effect before adding other chemicals, or before testing and adjusting the same chemistry level again. For safety reasons, be sure to open only one chemical at a time, and never use the same scoop for different pool chemicals. 

    Pool Testing Pitfalls to Avoid

       - Store your test kit and test strips indoors, or in a cool and dry location. 
       - Completely rinse test vials before and after use
       - Do not interchange test reagent bottle caps
       - Hold test reagent bottle vertical when dispensing drops
       - Do not test surface water, but draw sample water elbow-deep 
       - Test a new sample, before making large chemical adjustments


    In The Swim has the most popular pool water test kits and test strips to make pool testing process easy and straightforward. Our pool water test kits also ensure accurate results so pool owners always know exactly what pool chemical adjustments are required to make their swimming pool a healthy and well balanced aquatic environment. If you have water testing questions or need help selecting the best test kit for your pool, give us a call at 1-800-288-7946.